AP English Language and Composition


AP English Language and Composition

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (or AP English Language and Composition, AP Lang and Comp, AP Lang or AP Comp or APLAC) is a course and examination offered by the College Board as part of the Advanced Placement Program.

The Course

AP English Language and Composition is a course in the study of English language structure and writing. Because the AP English Language and Composition course is one of the highest level English classes, it is usually taken in a student's junior year, followed by the AP English Literature and Composition the following year, or as an alternative to AP English Literature and Composition in a student's senior year. Alternatively, many schools choose not to offer AP Language and Composition, and students interested in higher level English courses often take an honors or pre-AP English Literature and Composition course their junior year.

The primary purpose

"The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. By their writing and reading in this course, students should become aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effective writing... Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP examination at the end of the course." [ [http://collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_englang.html?englang
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Emphasized skills

The College Board's suggested curriculum for the course places a strong emphasis on the development of proficient reading and writing skills. In particular, thorough, efficient reading and contextual understanding of difficult historical material [ [http://collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/english_lang/reading.html?englang
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The Exam

Format

The AP English Language and Composition exam consists of two sections, a one-hour multiple-choice section and a two-hour and fifteen-minute free-response section [ [http://collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/english_lang/exam.html?englang
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] . The exam is further divided as follows:

Recent Changes

In 2007, a new type of essay prompt, the "synthesis" essay, was introduced to the exam [ [http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/ap/students/english/ap-english-0607.pdf 2007, 2008 AP English Course Description ] ] . This question, somewhat like the DBQ-type questions found on many AP history exams, asks students to support an argument using provided documents. It differs from AP history questions, however, in that students are only required to address three out of six provided sources. At least one of the provided sources must be an example of visual rhetoric, such as a political cartoon or a statistical chart.

The introduction of the synthesis question resulted in a slight change in the test's format to include a 15-minute reading period at the beginning of the free response portion of the test, during which students may read the prompts and examine the documents. They may use this time to make notes, but not to write the essays.

Also in 2007, there was a change in the multiple choice portion of the exam. It was requested to include questions about documentation and citation. These questions will be based on at least one passage which is a published work including footnotes or a bibliography [ [http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/ap/students/english/ap-english-0607.pdf 2007, 2008 AP English Course Description ] ] .

References

Popular Textbooks

"The Bedford Reader" edited by X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy, and Jane E. Aaron

External links

* [http://www.course-notes.org/english AP English Outlines and Rhetorical Devices]
* [http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_englang.html AP English Language and Composition at CollegeBoard.com]


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